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to the fiscal cliff. >> major garrett, thank you. senator is live on capitol hill. >> thanks for having me. >> if there's a deal today, why would you vote to extend tax cuts if there are no new spending cuts? >> that's the exact thing. the real problem is the spending. if you want to raise taxes -- and the president promised in the campaign he wanted to do that -- it's to pay down on the deficit. there's no evidence of any of that. that's a major sticking point. the democrats are divided on tax rates, on the death tax, on taxes on small business and the republicans are holding firm that you actually have to deal with the number one problem in our nation which is the spending our debt. >> senator, the senate is reconvening this morning. how close are we actually to some kind of a deal here? >> i'm hoping that we get an arrangement and an agreement because the american people deserve certainty. what we ought to do is put a bill on the senate floor and let people offer amendments and vote on them. we shouldn't be here waiting for people to cut deals on back rooms. the ame
, there is no more time and the american people are depending on us for a solution to avoid this fiscal cliff. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from la rise? -- from louisiana rise? without objection. >> here we are on new year's eve, working to avoid this latest fiscal cliff. of course, if you wonder why we are here, just look at the fact that we shouldn't have to be here. back on august 1, this house with a bipartisan vote, passed the bill that would have avoided this fiscal cliff. it would have protected every american family from seeing a tax increase. mr. scalise: the bill passed on august 1 and it's been sitting over in the senate every day since then. here we are new year's eve and the senate's finally rolling up their sleeves and working to avoid this crisis. here we are in another crisis and unfortunately as we look towards this new year tomorrow, this is not the last time that we may be here. we passed a budget here in the house months ago. it's been more than three years since the senate passed a budget. yet
're out, stay out. live in green belt tonight, ko im, 9 newsp. >> thanks, ko. >>> the fiscal cliff deadline is looming and senate leaders are trying to avert so the- called fiscal cliff. president obama says there is still time to reach an agreement, but he chastised lawmakers for waiting until the last minute. >> we're now at the point where in just a couple of days, the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will get a lot smaller. that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. >> divided government is a good time to solve hard problems. in the next few days, leaders in washington have an important responsibility to work together to do just that. >> congressional leaders could present legislation to senators as early as tomorrow with a vote possible on sunday or monday. >>> coming up on 9 news -- ♪ [music] ♪ a local music legend dies. we'll have a look back at the career of mike aldredge. >>> welcome back, everybody. local blue grass music legend mike aldredch has died of cancer. he would have been 74 tomorrow. ♪ [music]
. traffic. >> thank you, jeff. >>> in the developing fiscal cliff negotiations with the clock sticking, top lawmakers are being called to the white house today. it is the first face to face meeting with the president since december 16th. sherry ly is live on capitol hill with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: well, we are here at the white house where that meeting is set to take place at 3:00 this afternoon. it comes with just a few days left to reach a deal or the nation will go over what has become known as the fiscal cliff. the result of going over that cliff would be tax increases and billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts. but as the hours tick down, the negotiations do not appear to be heating up. in his opening remarks on the floor of the senate yesterday, democratic majority leader harry reid accused republican house speaker john boehner of running a dictatorship in the house that is blocking a deal. the speaker has called the house back on sunday leaving just 24 hours for a deal. it is becoming clear though that the solution to the standoff is not going to come solely
>>> this weekend is about the battle of the countdowns, the countdown to the fiscal cliff and the countdown to kickoff at fed ex field. thank you for joining us for the news at 10. i'm maureen umeh. attention-filled weekend as lawmakers try to beat the fiscal cliff clock and the redskins host the cowboys in one of the most crucial games of the season. we'll get to those stories in a moment. first, it was not quite the winter wonderland many of us hoped for. for a few hours, many of us saw the snow make an appearance today and now that most has turned to slush, forecasters are worried that near-freezeing temperatures could make for a dangerous situation on the road. tucker barnes has more. >> reporter: could be a couple of icy spots out there late, particularly north and west and we got the snow during the day anywhere between a trace and maybe two inches, if you have to the west of the city. let's go to the maps then, again, the system new winding down. you can see the last of it. there you go. pushing up now north and east of new york city. and still some leftover snow in
the fiscal cliff at midnight. host: edward-isaac dovere, thank you for joining us on the phone. >> in the meantime, off the floor, the associated press reporting a person familiar with the fiscal cliff talks saying they are making progress on averting across the board tax spikes in keeping and deep spending cuts. democrats are also saying they have offered to extend tax cuts for household making up to $250,000 per year and individuals making up to $400,000 -- up to $450,000 per year. that is a reporter from the associated press. here is as much as we can show you from the fix the debt campaign. host: the presidents of the committee for responsible federal budget and running the fix the debt campaign and, welcome back. there is this headline from "the new york times" and dick durbin says it all -- it looks awful. guest: he's completely right. it looks awful. we're watching this unfold. this has been in place for over one year. we have the fact that if we go over this fiscal cliff, the press to deal economy, just barely recovering, is very strong. the risk to people is as though
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to midnight, we're counting down to the so-called fiscal cliff. if congress does nothing, taxes go up on everyone. mike emmanuel has more. >> reporter: lawmake -- lawmakers return to capitol hill in a last-minute attempt going over the fiscal cliff. congressional leaders are looking to avoid tax hikes on most americans but key disagreements on eptitlesments and tax rate thresh finds remain. president obama's original plan called for increasing taxes on families earning more than $250,000 now $400,000 could be a number on the negotiating table. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be with about right. that represents about the top 1% of income earners in the country and is they got knee% of the growth and there is some flexibility there. >> reporter: the republicans say the u.s. is not facing's revenue problem. >> i feel like i'm a lifeguard and we have to save as many people from drowning and higher taxes as we can. >> reporter: in the weekly address to the nation, president obama urged congress to do something. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >>
pass a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, but is that optimism justified even if the senate can can come together and craft a deal? a very big if at this point and what are the chances that house speaker john boehner can get members of his congress to go along with the deal. joining me now perry bacon and lynn sweet. i want to start with you because i read something that you wrote an article recently in which you said basically that the rumors of the tea party's demise have been greatly exaggerated noting their key role in refusing to go along with john boehner's tax plan to raise taxes on those making more than $1 million a year. the fiscal cliff debate has illustrated then during influence of the tea party and the power of the conservative party. boehner can't guarantee that his members won't face primary challenges from the right so there's little surprise they won't follow his lead. >> mcconnell's not going agree to something that all other republicans are opposed to because he's a republican, too, and he has to worry about a primary, potentially, as well. the core of this i
the fiscal cliff, some are having fun with the looming deadline. check out the electric road sign in portland, oregon. someone hacked it and changed it to read fiscal cliff ahead, january and february. >>> we'll hear from robert griffin on the eve of the biggest nfl game. that is robert griffin 3, thank you very much, and navy looks for a san francisco treat in the fight hunger bowl against arizona state. lindsay murphy is up next in sports. sports. . >>> good evening, i'm lindsay murphy. there is a saying in sports that it's not how you start but finish. and the navy football team knows a thing or two about that. they lost by 40 points to notre dame to start the season and closed out the year winning seven of eight, earning the ninth bowl big bid in 10 years. the midshipman marching for the fight hunger bowl against arizona state, the game's first possession, the sun devils, taylor kelly with the play- action fake and connects with ross, 16 yards for the score. the sun devils built a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play and to the second quarter, the great job alluding pressure and hits matt
. alina. >> barbara starr, thank you. >> hope is fading fast this morning for a fiscal cliff compromise. eight days left until we go off the edge. with the president and congress on holiday hiatus, things looking bleak. listen to joe liberman on yesterday's "state of the union." >> i think it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar is traveling with the president and joins us live from honolulu, hawaii, this morning. i'm talking to republican and democratic sources and they really feel like we're going to go over the cliff. what are you hearing? >> i'm hearing it's a very real possibility, and as you're hearing, they aren't even really talking, democrats and reyou public i had cans, the white house talks to senate democrats, but at this point, the white house is not in any real substan tiff conversations with both house republicans and senate republicans as all eyes turn to t
role in the fiscal cliff negotiations that based off the current offer may only have a smaller deal. a member of the budget committee and outspoken voice on the left side of the aisle. thanks for joining me. good morning. >> mire pleasure. >> we were saying a lack of urgency in washington to deal with the fiscal cliff and being a member of congress especially a respected member of the senate and what do you think is possible at this point on any type of a large scale deal. what do you see as the most likely scenario moving forward. >> i don't think it's a lack of urgency, but a great deal of concern that republican party failed to do anything. it seems that in the house, boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. i think the american people are very clear about what they want. what they want is to ask the wealthiest people in the country to pay their fair share of taxes. there was a poll out the other day, 70% of the american people think folks making over $250,000 a year should pay their fair share. they understand that one out of four corporations are paying nothi
to head off the physical -- the fiscal cliff. you know what i'm saying. the president and first lady michelle obama visited marines and thanked them for their service. >> the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chief and the reason it's an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. >> mrs. obama and the girls won't cut short their vacation. they're staying on in hawaii. >>> former braves great andruw jones free on a bond in atlanta on a battery charge. there was a domestic dispute between he and his wife. the center fielder played with the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> the city of los angeles is holding its annual gun buyback today, several months ahead of schedule. the buyback program allows anyone to bring in guns and rifles in exchange for gift cards. the event is usually held in may but was changed to today in response to the connecticut school shootings nearly two weeks ago. we'll talk about that buyback program with the los
. and we will be following the fiscal cliff talks tomorrow. and clayton, you'll be hear, right? >> clayton: i will. so send us any of your questions as well and your thoughts. our -- go to our web site for the after the show show. >> gretchen: happy new year, everybody. gregg: fox news alert. powerful winter storm bringing deadly weather. >> oh, wow. that is a tornado. jesus, look at that tornado. it is like two tornados. it is two funnels on the frowned. oh, lord. look at there. wow! look at that. gregg: the storm system that produced those tornados in parts of the south not done yet. now posing a potentially major roadblock for countless holiday travelers. hello, i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. >> i'm patti ann browne in for martha maccallum patti ann: local crews said there is only one thing that could have accused the damage. >> one thing they saw damage indicative of tornado damage. we had homes 90% destroyed. that doesn't happen with straight line winds. >> you have a lot of damage. people hurt and i went out with the skid steer. we rounded up equipment. we started opening the
that we know now there will not be a house vote on the fiscal cliff packagk tonight. what are you hearing? what are the chances in what's going on? >> the u.s. congress has taken incomplete, remember that, you would call the registrar and, or your professor, and you took an incomplete, and that's what they've done. mcdonnell and the democratsdemo could get something done in terms of taxes, and it's a stage of process, but in terms of the whole bargain, they want more time of the what republicans didn't want to have blamedblam monday them is that they increased taxes on the middle class, and so maybe tim kainey was prophetic.ti he said let's just settle atse 500,000.tt they settled at 450,000, and noo move to the tougher stuff later. >> we've seen a lot of frustration and it's not justjus the americans who will be affected. lawmakers also fed up, maryland senator, the longer serving woman in the senate, said i, lived through 9/11, i've lived through impeachment of a president, but this is what we are doing to hour selfment are you surprised we got to thisto point?po >> not really, and i tr
. >> thank you, audrey. >>> between this and the fiscal cliff debates there is a lot to talk about in politics tonight. we're bringing in as always fox 5 political analyst mark plotkin. good to see you tonight. >> good to be here. >> let's start where audrey left off, the nra's wayne lapierre called senator feinstein's proposals a phoney bit of legislation built on lies and said it won't pass. why? >> i think there's an entirely different climate. i think wayne lapierre is out of touch with public mood. you just ran claim of senator mark warner, a rating nra who is obviously rethinking his position. senator manchin of west virginia, a proud nra member, has said that there has to be fundamental change and so i think you have people who were really advocates of leaving the gun control measures alone have now shifted and i think there is going to be legislation. the only problem is you mention the dianne feinstein is that in the past people have that had assault weapons before the ban were grandfathered in. so they're going to have to look that the. >> there seems to be this -- look a
to reach a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. with time out we're looking at what's held up the deal and what the lack of one will mean for the nation. a little later on, talk to jerry conley. first we turn to representative phil row. we appreciate you coming in on new year's eve. >> thanks. glad to be here. >> i know senate leaders met over the weekend and things were not going well. they've called in vice president bide entobroker some sort of a deal. looking at how things are going, do you think we're going to have a deal? >> you know, an agreement could be reached. let me take the step back. this is not the way to run the country. the american people are frustrated by this process. we have a process to get a bill passed and that's to bring it up to the house. it goes to the various committees , house floor, over to the senate. they don't like it, they send it back to us. goes to conference committee and send it to the president. that is how the country is supposed to be run. any agreement now has to be small because there's not enough time for both parties to look at it and decide what's
from the fiscal cliff. sources tell nbc news party leaders in the senate are drafting a small stop-gap plan. the question is whether minority leader mitch mcconnell and majority leader harry reid can draft a bill that will pass the house. any bill that does come up for a vote tomorrow or monday will likely not address massive spending cuts but lawmakers are trying to avoid tax increases for most americans. nbc's david gregory talked to president obama about negotiations today in an interview that airs on "meet the press" tomorrow. the president continues to be optimistic but he, i think, in part is doing the interview on "meet the press" because he wants to keep the pressure on republicans to get something done and made very clear in the course of the interview that there's a political cost to be paid if there is not a deal. you can see the full interview with the president from the white house tomorrow morning on "meet the press" at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >>> some good news for former president george h.w. bush tonight. he's out of intensive care. the 88-year-old's been in the
have breaking news from the white house where president obama is talking about the fiscal cliff after a meeting with congressional leaders. let's listen in. >> also ask lobbyist americans to pay a little more. above all, protect our middle class and everyone who is striving to get into the middle class. i want to still get this down. the right thing to do for our families, our businesses, and for our entire economy. but, the hour for immediate action is here. it's now. we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law every american's paycheck will get considerably smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do. for the economy, would be -- it would be bad for middle-class families and for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i am optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can
the fiscal cliff, democrats and republicans have left the capitol for their respective homes. for the majority of the country, that means we are essentially going over the cliff. president obama is in hawaii for christmas with his family b. before he left, he urged congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on people who make less than $250,000 a year. he also asked for a plan to keep providing benefits to unemployed workers. house speaker john boehner is home in cincinnati. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal to end the crisis. he said the stalemate and failure of plan b rests with the democrats. >> what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problems and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. instead he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. and he refuses to challenge the members of his matter to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president oba
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gordon and stan colander. thank you for coming back. as we stand on the edge of the fiscal cliff right now, any chance that we do not go over? guest: that is pretty small. we are relying on the senate to avoid this -- to avoid a filibuster. then we are relying on the house who for the last several weeks could not take the lead. it is important to state that while the official deadline is december 31. they can continue to work until the new congress on january 3. we have more like three days for them to get something together. host: are we going over the cliff? what does it mean if we do? guest: in some sense, we're going over the cliff even if they reach a deal. when you look at the deal they have been talking about, there will still be a lot left for future decision making. even if they are able to extend tax cuts for the middle class and do not do much of anything else, you still have the haphazard dealmaking not touching any of the issues the parties said they were concerned about leading into the fiscal cliff. the payroll tax cut is going to expire. no one is talking about extendin
. "early start" begins right now. >>> crunch time for the fiscal cliff. the key players to meet at the white house with just four days left until the deadline. >> they called him stormin norman. america remembering general norman schwarzkopf. >> and have gun, will teach. hundreds of educators get a hands-on lesson in firearms. controversial proposal. good morning. welcome to "early start." 5:00 a.m. in the east. >>> it is the last friday of 2012. i've just had that pointed out to us. one final desperate attempt to dodge the fiscal cliff, just four days left before we go over the edge triggers tax hikes, spending cuts that could send the nation back into recession. the president calling for members of the congress the back. a gang of six attending. vice president biden, harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, mitch mcconnell and john boehner representing the republicans. brianna keilar is live from washington. is anybody optimistic that a deal could be done today around a table? >> i will tell you the optimism is sort of sinking. senate majority leader harry reid said he
that taxes are going to go up once the fiscal cliff is solved and how will the average american be affected by this? joining us now is gordon burnhart, a certified public accountant with burnhart wealth management. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, tom, how are you. >> so much of the uncertainty we heard from president leaves you to wonder what is the assessing in planning when you don't know about that in. >> and that is why that is important to plan. we have seen so much happen and people need to make sure they set aside the cash reserves and there is a lot of planning opportunities and investors need to work with an advisor to make sure that all of those unforseen things are addressed so they can help, again, protect families. >> and there is only three days left, two days weekend days. are there things folks can do as we head toward the deadline to protect themes in yo there are a few things. obviously, you can't do going since the stock markets are closed on saturday and sunday. on monday, investors should look at their portfolio. capital gains rates, for example, the increasing
. four days until the fiscal cliff. lawmakers are no closer to reaching a deal. however, president obama hopes to change that this afternoon when he meets with congressional leaders. now more. >> in what is seen as a last- minute attempt to reach a deal president obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, and house speaker john boehner. have four dates to reach an agreement, but the u.s. economy would go off a fiscal cliff. that's when automatic spending increases and spending cuts would take effect. -- a deal will not be easy, because both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at whatever he proposes. the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline. this is a conversation we should have had months ago.
three days to go before the fiscal cliff when tax heights and spending cuts kick in. president obama and congressional leaders are meeting at the white house right now trying to figure out a way to avoid it. negotiation have been under way for about an hour. steve handelsman joins us. so far no deal? >> i'm checking. so far the meeting continues, which could be a bad sign, can it? sources here on the hill say in today's meeting president obama planned to be kind of tough, figuring that he has gotten the advantage back to the extent anybody has the advantage this close to the cliff and that he'll push hi original demand, the tack rates rise on income over a quarter million dollars. it's a positive sign, the first meeting since mid-november of the four congressional leaders, democrats and republicans at the white house. called by president obama, house speaker jane boehner, the key figure. >> the fact that he's come back and the four of them are at the table means to me we could come up with some kind of agreement. >> reporter: both sides want a deal to avoid tax hikes that could cost
't tell with all this fiscal cliff talk and these down markets in the past five days but it has been a really good year for the stock market. the dow is up nearly 6% this year. the s&p is up 11.5% and the nasdaq is the big winner up 13.6% this year. so everybody made money. con congratulations, i know it doesn't feel like it but it was of a good year as we reflect back on everything that happened in 2012. >> let's talk about where you are right now. lots of activity, the big crystal ball drop. give us the rundown of what it will be like there tonight. >> crazy and cold. so in just a couple of hours from now at 11:00, they shut down times square behind me. no one can get in or out. they do a massive security sweep. the security is very tight. effect's bags are checked and then can you come back in at 3:00 p.m. that is when the party starts. but it really kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the opening ceremonies and performances by taylor swift, et cetera and then at 11:59, we see the big 12,000 pound waterford crystal ball drop. the theme of that ball is let there be peace for the new year a
policy center. caller: thank you, good morning. mr. rosen berg, with the fiscal cliff blooming, do you believe the i.r.s. will be able to calibrate their system at this late of a date and would the debt ceiling debate blooming, could that delay federal refunds? thank you. guest: yes. the question about the i.r.s. is a good one and it is an important one. so it almost is certainly bound to complicate the filing season. i think already the i.r.s. has said that they are -- they have not released updated withholding tables for winner to. -- 2013. what that means is employers will use the withholding tables for federal income tax. but if a deal is made or no deal is made, that's going to have to change and at some point, employers will have to change their federal income tax withholding amount. i mentioned with the alternative minute 34u78 tax, that will -- minimum tax, that will complicate the season. i think the i.r.s. has said as many as 70 million tax filers could be subject to delays if the a.m.t. is not patched for 2012. host: antonio in nashville, tennessee. you're on the "washington
the fiscal cliff. no official talks are scheduled and lawmakers have left d.c. for the holiday break. president obama is in hawaii but may return early to resume negotiations. taxes for all americans will go up if a deal is not reached by january 1st. the main sticking points are tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> we are learning more about the dui arrest of a u.s. senator. mike crawl crapo was pulled over in alexandria. an officer said he saw him run a red light. police say he registered a blood alcohol level of .11. the legal limit in virginia is .08. the senator was released on bond about four hours later. the senator released a statement sunday saying i am deeply sorry. i made a mistake for which i apologize to my family, my idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. he is due in court january 4th. >>> heading home for the holidays. nasty weather out west makes the journey longer for some people. we will take a look at mother nature. ♪ because we know how much you do to make the holidays just right. from ornaments to ottomans, memories are made with ikea. >
on the fiscal cliff deadline on december 31st. retiring senator joe lieberman puts the potential failure in historic perspective. >> i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal, consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. he gets to cut the military, which democrats have been calling for for years, and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> so, hey, merry christmas. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is traveling with the president in honolulu. brianna, are the white house and republicans even talking? >> reporter: no. they're not, carol. there's no substantive discussions going on between the white house and senate democrats and senate republicans and house republicans. and this is key because in order for the cliff
. >> especially at this time of year. thank you so much. we turn now to political turbulence, and the fiscal cliff gets closer. congress now has six days to make a deal. they'll be back on capitol hill tomorrow, and chip reid is in washington. >> president obama will be arriving in washington tomorrow and both houses of congress will be back in session tomorrow. that will give them just five days to put together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include
from wyatt, the fiscal cliff also includes 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts. congressional democrats and republicans agreed to these drastic cuts last year, to force both parties to the table on deficit reduction. if they can agree by monday at midnight, the following cut take effects. over the next nine years, the u.s. defense budget would be reduced by $455 billion. domestic programs would be slashed by 464 billion. 1,000 government programs face potential cuts, including three that directly impact air travel. john bentley has the story. >> reporter: long waits at airport security are nothing new. but if the u.s. government goes over the fiscal cliff, they could get even longer. according to one congressional analysis, the transportation security administration would lose more than $640 million in funding, roughly 7% of out budget. t.s.a. with would also lose over 7,000 security officers. safety would not be compromised. the passenger misery would increase. >> it could be a severe impact on the traveling public. instead of maybe one hour, you may be there two or three hou
this december 31, 11 hours before the midnight deadline for congress to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff. >> president of the united states -- [applause] >> thank you. >> happy new year to you. >> low, everybody. thank you. everybody have a seat. good afternoon, everybody. welcome to the white house. i realize that the last thing you want to hear on new year's eve is another speech from me. but i do need to talk about the progress being made in congress today. for the last few days, leaders of both parties are working toward an agreement that will prevent a middle-class tax hike from hitting 98% of all americans starting tomorrow. preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. the last thing that folks like the folks appear on this stage can afford right now is to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year. middle-class families cannot afford it, businesses cannot afford it, our economy cannot afford it. today, it appears an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it is not done. there are still issues left to resolve but we are hopeful that congress can get it
24 hours now to avert the fiscal cliff. aide say lawmakers are working around the clock behind closed doors to broker a deal with several options on the table. republicans reached out to vice president biden for help with negotiations. meantime, president obama sais he's still cautiously optimistic. nbc's danielle lee is live on capitol hill with the latest. good morning, danielle. >> richard, good morning. the senate will get back to work on this very issue at 11:00 a.m. today. twh they do, they will not have a lot of time to avoid the massive spending cuts and tax increases. democratic leader harry reid says they hope to have an announcement. but at this time, lawmakers say they are still looking at a significant divide, specifically on at what point, what salary should taxes increase. aides say lawmakers did make significant progress over the weekend, specifically on the issue of tax increases for the very wealthiest americans and avoiding the inheritance tax increase and republicans gave up on their demand for social security, cuts to social security to be a part of this deal. dem
are desperately trying to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff today, hoping to avoid steep spending cuts and tax increases. kristin welker is at the white house where the president had a high-profile meeting with congressional lawmakers on friday. good morning. >> reporter: carl, good morning to you. all eyes are on the senate this morning as majority leader harry reid and minority leader mcconnell true to cobble together a last-minute plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama saying he is modestly optimistic that they can come up with a plan in time. on friday, president obama met with the four top congressional leaders here at the white house for about an hour. sources close to those talks say that the president gave lawmakers two options, either come up with a plan that can make it through both chambers or put his proposal up for a vote. under the president's plan, the bush-era tax cuts would be extended for those making $250,000 or less with rates allowed to raise on top income earners. it would also extend unemployment insurance benefits. president obama saying the time for action is
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the opening and loophole in your fiscal cliff. ainsley: always thinking, santa. clayton: thanks so much. we'll check back later. merry christmas. >> merry chris mag -- christmas, everyone. clayton: last minute traditions, getting eggnog ready, hanging out with the family and we want to find out what your favorite christmas movies and watching christmas eve and christmas day. marist put together a poll of top christmas movies of all time. drum roll. here is the number one christmas movie of all time according to you who voted. it is, roll it. [laughter] >> like snowball's family. ♪ . >> listen, jerk. when i tell you to come, you better come. >> what, are you going to cry now? come on cry, baby cry, cry for me. come on, cry. >> deep from the recesses of my brian a tiny red hot little flame began to grow. clayton: seems like a really mean movie. it looks horrible. rick: it's not. it is very, very funny. 1983 "a christmas story", was number one on the list. and number two on the list, not too far behind but a little bit behind is, this movie. it's a wonderful life. >> hey george. george. you
you both very much for your time. i appreciate it. the fiscal cliff talks, cabinet changes, what will define president obama's agenda at the first of the year? president obama's agenda at the first of the year? and my round tablehey sis, it's so great to see you. you, too! oh, cloudy glasses. you didn't have to come over! actually, honey, i think i did... oh? you did? whoa, ladies, easy. hi. cascade kitchen counselor. we can help avoid this with cascade complete pacs. see, over time, cascade complete pacs fight film buildup two times better than finish quantum. to help leave glasses sparkling shiny! too bad it doesn't work on windows. okay, i'm outta here. cascade. the clear choice. >>> nobody gets a hundred percent of what they want. everybody's got to give a little bit in a sensible way. we move forward together or we don't move forward at all. so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. >> that was the president of course. we're back with our roundtable. joining me congress jason chaffetz of utah, for
for your time. i appreciate it. the fiscal cliff talks, cabinet changes, what will define president obama's agenda at the first of the year? and has this last week done damage to john boehner and the republican party? and my round table will join me, representative jason chaffetz, harold ford, jr., andrea mitchell and chuck todd. back in a moment. >>> nobody gets a hundred percent of what they want. everybody's got to give a little bit in a sensible way. we move forward together or we don't move forward at all. so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. >> that was the president of course. we're back with our roundtable. joining me congress jason chaffetz of utah, former democratic congressman of tennessee, harold ford, jr., chuck todd and nbc correspondent andrea mitchell. welcome to all of you. all right, chuck. we'll talk about guns in a minute. let's talk about the fiscal cliff. are we going to get a deal here? >> we're going to get a small deal. it's a shame. you wonder is the only thing that could change t
that done or milk prices go up and with the fiscal cliff, massive tax increases and spending cuts. that's the latest here at the white house, back to you. >> thank you, sherri. >>> we've been getting responses to the cliff talks on our facebook page. that's where we asked you, what do you think about congress and the white house not reaching a deal on the fiscal cliff? do you think it's possible that a compromise will be reached before the deadline? tammy simpson writes -- peggy fleming says -- >> a lot of people fired up obviously over this. >>> traffic is back to normal on the springfield interchange, even while virginia state police continue to investigate a deadly accident there. this happened around 7:00 last night when a tractor-trailer stopped in traffic, was rear- ended by a pickup truck. three people inside the pickup truck died at the scene. the driver of the tractor- trailer was not hurt. >>> d.c. police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the shooting death of a capitol hill man. jason emma was shot multiple times the morning of christmas e
for the fiscal cliff is less than 24 hours away, and there is no deal yet, but members of congress will be back on capitol hill this morning, so we will have all the news from washington in a moment. but first there is breaking news on the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. >> she's in a new york city hospital this morning being treated for a blood clot. doctors say it's related to a concussion that has kept her out of the office for the past three weeks. margaret brennan is in washington with the latest. margaret, good morning. >> good morning to you. secretary clinton is taking anti-co-ag lands to thin out the blood clots. doctors will report lid monitor her for at least the next 48 hours. >> welcome to the secretary of state. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital on sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during what was termed a follow-up exam to check on her recovery from a recent concussion. clinton's health scare began after she contracted a stomach illness following a whirlwind trip through europe. that virus led to extre
whether the country will go over the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama is meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. today's talks come as house lawmakers prepare to return to washington for a rare sunday evening session. nbc's danielle lee joins us live on the hill. good morning, danielle. >> erika, good morning. the pressure is on with just four days left to avoid the fiscal cliff. an unsuccessful meeting between the president and congressional leaders could seal this country's fate. this is in many ways a final opportunity to reach a deal. another development, house members no longer on stand by. they're now coming back to washington by sunday evening to be ready for a vote without a deal taxes will go up on every work rer. unemployment benefits, the extensions will expire and there's going to be spending cuts that could threaten a recession. with all of that at stake, senators back early yesterday from their holiday, they were still continuing the bickering. republicans say they are willing to compromise on taxes. but not on more government spending. they say they're
a potential compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. mcconnell believes there could be a tentative agreement by sunday. this progress comes after president obama met with congressional leaders at the white house today for about an hour. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody's going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and, in fact, the world economy, aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> if there is no deal, taxes will go up next week for most americans. there will be sharp spending cuts and 2 million people will lose their extended unemployment benefits. >>> on "meet the press" this sunday, president obama will sit down for an exclusive interview with david gregory as the fiscal cliff deadline approaches. watch the interview this sunday morning at 10:30 here on nbc 4. >>> a huge turnout at the what's called the nation's gun show in shantilly, virginia, today. thousands of people attended. some vendors sold out. it is marred by controversy following the shooting at sand
the next few days the words fiscal cliff will be pretty much unavoidable. there is one thing you need to be prepared for, for many of you, your paycheck will go down in the new year. and here's why. the payroll tax cut was cut by two percentage points over the last two years to give the economy a little bit of a nudge. experts say that tax holiday is come to an end and the small tax break adds up over the course of a year. the center on budget policy says it is about $100 billion that will come out of our paychecks collectively and go to the tax man. goldman sachs said it would shave off the economic growth and here is the impact on you. let's say you make $50,000 a year. that works out to be about $20 a week according to the urban tax policy center. 20 bucks doesn't feel like much, but if you do the math, it adds up to about a thousand dollars less that you are going to be taking home in your paycheck. and that hurts. >> and your bills are going up. 5:37. if you forgot to make new year's eve plans, we have a couple of ideas for you later this hour. >> plus if you want to see a 150-ye
with the negotiations on people. -- the fiscal cliff negotiations on capitol hill. >> this week on "q&a," kevin phillips discusses his historical narrativnarrative. >> kevin phillips, at the end of your preference, you have a paragraph that says the year 1774-17 steny 5 had more than their fair share of unsung heroes. -- 1775 had more than their fair share of unsung heroes. what are you getting at? >> one of the things i like best about 1775, which was a much more spurned group of people, granted the founding fathers -- more inspiring group of people, granted, the founding fathers were not always -- seven out of the 10 counties, metropolitan washington, it is the country did is still great but a capital that is not. would have predicted that? >> if anyone would have guessed that there would be a country of 300 million people, they may wouldn't come up with a bit of cynicism. but they were dedicated people. >> you say, during the last four years, during the campaign of 2012, you stuck your nose at this. >> the first time i did something like that was back in the 1990's. i wrote a book about the english s
to keep the country from falling off the fiscal cliff, sending everybody's taxes up and possibly sending the country into another recession. it's down to the wire with just three days left. and abc's lisa stark has the latest on the last-minute wheeling and dealing being done in washington. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. well, the next 24 hours are critical. the president this morning in his radio address, told lawmakers don't let washington politics get in the way of american progress. so, the last-ditch attempt is on the way to put together a deal. and the ball is in the senate's court. there's nothing like a deadline to force action. the president met with congressional leaders friday for the first time in six weeks. then, proclaimed himself modestly optimistic. but warned -- >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> reporter: with the clock running out, here's the game plan. the democratic and republican leaders in the senate will spend day trying to hash out a bipartisan agreement. >> i'm hopeful and op
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